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LAUSD Dinner Rolls

Subject: Re: Chatsworth High School Dinner roll recipe
From: Paula
Date: 3/1/2018 8:58 AM
To: Phaedrus


 I am looking for the recipe to make the dinner rolls made at Chatsworth High School 1973-1975. 

 They were freshly baked every morning and they sold for six cents each, which was great since 
 I made 50 and up to 75 cents an hour for watching up to three kids while babysitting.

 They sold the rolls warm with butter, if you wanted, before school for breakfast; they were 
 also available at lunch. I have never quite found the right recipe; I have found some on this 
 site that may be similar—I am so hoping to get the exact recipe. They were amazing and were 
 quite large!

 Chatsworth High had some pretty yummy food. Their coffee cake was still the best I have ever 
 tasted. The cinnamon rolls were great. The homemade lasagna was delicious. 

 I am so hoping the recipe can be located. I wish it had occurred to me to ask for the recipe 
 when I attended there!  Thank you for all these wonderful recipes. 

 Thank you for your help,

Hi Paula,

   I hope there isn't more than one Chatsworth High School in the United States. You didn't say where yours was located, so I am guessing that you mean Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, which is part of LAUSD, the Los Angeles Unified School District. I cannot find any recipes specifically from Chatsworth High School, but I found the below recipe for LAUSD dinner rolls on a message board.


LAUSD Dinner Rolls

Here is one that was given to us by my aunt who worked in the LAUSD during the 50's-70's, for the rolls.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees 
Bake the rolls for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
3 cups warm water
1 tablespoon white sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
3 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon salt
10 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, melted
Method In a large bowl, mix together the warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the 
top, and let it stand for about 10 minutes, until the yeast is foamy.
Mix the milk, eggs and salt into the yeast. Measure the flour into a separate bowl, add 2/3 cup sugar, 
and crumble the shortening into it using your fingers until it is barely noticeable. Gradually stir the 
flour into the wet ingredients. Mix using a wooden spoon until the dough pulls away from the sides of 
the bowl and starts to form a ball around the spoon. Cover with a hot wet towel that has been wrung out, 
and set in a warm place to rise until double in bulk. This should take about 45 minutes.
When the dough has risen, pour the melted butter over it, and knead for about 2 minutes. Let the dough 
rest for a few minutes, then roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1 inch thick. Use a knife to cut 
into 2 inch squares. Roll squares into balls, and place into greased round pans, spacing about 1 inch 
apart. Let rise again until doubled in size. You could also refrigerate the dough, and let it rise 
overnight for baking the next day.
Note: The dough will be thick and so are the rolls. You may want to make them a tad smaller, however 
the taste is very delicious!

Taco Taco Enchiladas & Chiles Rellenos

From: Mark 
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 12:50 PM
Subject: Enchilada & Chiles Rellenos Help!

Hi! Long time reader, first time writer! 

I would sing your praises if you could help me with a long-standing problem: Twenty years ago there 
was a restaurant called Taco Taco on the upper east side of Manhattan. Their menu was incredible, 
and the flavors were often trancendent.  They closed some time ago, and since I've been searching 
in vain for enchiladas or chiles rellenos that would compare.  The owner, Lupe, went on to open a 
new chain of restaurants in NYC, Mole, but the flavors are not the same. 

Please help!

Thank you very much for your efforts,

Hi Mark,

Sorry, I had no success finding any recipes or copycats or tastes-likes for Taco Taco’s dishes.

I’ll post this for reader input.


Whistle Stop Pies

From: rob 
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 10:12 PM
Subject: Whistle Stop Restaurant in Glendale, Ky Coconut Cream Pie

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
Can you find the recipe for the coconut meringue pie from the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Glendale, 
Kentucky? I’m not referring to the Whistlestop Café in Alabama (whose recipes are online, making 
this one a little harder to find). 
This is a lot like their peanut butter meringue pie, and it may be the same recipe with the coconut 
and peanut butter being different variations of the same recipe. This pie has a tall –“mile high” 
meringue that may be powdered (which I LOVE the taste of) but may be homemade, I don’t know. 

Hello Robin,

Their menu is here: Whistle Stop Fall Menu
I could not find the recipes or copycats for their coconut meringue pie, peanut butter meringue pie, or their corn pudding. I imagine these are kept secret.

I did find recipes that they themselves released for their Kentucky Pie and for their meatloaf:

Whistle Stop Kentucky Pie

Whistle Stop Meatloaf

I’ll post this for reader input


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